James Quattlebaum '14 Qualifies for the 2024 Olympic Trials
Sam Inman, Swamp Rabbit Half Marathon Announcer
A few months after being named to the CCES Sports Hall of Fame and just a few days after being named the 2022 South Carolina Long Distance Runner of the Year by USA Track & Field, James Quattlebaum CCES '14 / Clemson '18, son of Lisa and Derrick Quattlebaum '83, has successfully qualified for the US Marathon Olympic Trial, to be held February 3, 2024, in Orlando, Florida.
James blistered the Greenville Swamp Rabbit Half Marathon on February 25th, running alone at the front, leading all runners with his 4:48 per mile pace and coming under the 63-minute USATF Qualifying Threshold by less than 4 seconds.
His gun time of 1:02:56.58 set the event record for the 12-year-old Travelers Rest-to-Greenville 13.1-mile race and complemented his stellar 2022 first-place performances at the UCB Reedy River Run (29:01), Anderson's Midnight Flight 5K (14:17), Furman University's GTC Red White & Blue Shoes 5K (14:45), and Trees Upstate Turkey Day 8K (24:34).
Significant pressure is now off his shoulders. By running so fast on a certified half marathon course, James no longer is required to run a full marathon to qualify for the Trials next February.
When not training and training and training in the wee hours of the morning and the dark of night, James works locally in Greenville as manager of Run In, the famous shoe and apparel specialty store on East Washington Street, a block from the Cleveland Park Zoo.
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